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Kiriko or Sushi Gen - special dinner for parents TOMORROW night!

Fierceminou Aug 17, 2006 05:43 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm taking my parents out tomorrow night for a special celebration. I've been saving up, so money shouldn't be a huge issue but I can't take them to Urasawa. I'm oscillating between Kiriko, which I've heard great things about, and Sushi Gen - where I've only been once (but had great sushi). I would like to go omakase (since I never have, and this is a special occasion), but I'd like some advice. Has anyone been to both places and can help me out?

This would be for four - my parents, my boyfriend, and me. Thanks very much for your help.

  1. jcwla Aug 17, 2006 06:26 PM

    So much more special and impressive.
    ESPECIALLY when it comes to omakase.

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    1. re: jcwla
      BabyLitigator Aug 17, 2006 06:49 PM

      Definitely let them know the day before you want to do an omakase though.

      1. re: BabyLitigator
        FKA Andrew Aug 18, 2006 06:08 AM

        The sushi was very good at Kiriko but my one disappointment was that a few of the items were already cut before we ordered the omakase. Maybe it is better to not tell them that you are ordering the omakase...

        Sushi Gen is a gem of an option in Los Angeles and they have the best ankimo in town.

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      AquaW Aug 17, 2006 08:54 PM

      Agreed with kiriko -- Sushi Gen's atmosphere is much more casual (maybe relaxed business). However, if your parents are anything like mine and are much more comfortable with the casual vibe, then SG should be considered.

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        jniceyw Aug 17, 2006 10:07 PM

        If you're just looking for super fresh fish Sushi Gen is a good place to go. For the ambience, Sushi Gen is nothing really "special" that you may be looking for. Also, since you're going on a Friday be prepared to wait a long time if you don't go early.

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          misseatsalot Aug 17, 2006 10:11 PM

          Kiriko, definitely.

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            Alice Aug 18, 2006 07:54 AM

            Not to make things more complicated, because I know you asked between Sushi Gen and Kiriko, but what about Irori? I think out of the three, they have a very inventive and fresh omakase and the setting is a bit more 'special' because you sit on the floor and your feet dangle in a hole. I do like sushi gen a lot for the fresh fish and omakase at the sushi bar. I haven't had omakase at Kiriko, but the I've been there before and I wasn't as impressed with their sushi as other chowhounder's were. Maybe you have to go omakase style there. Anyway, just my 2cents ;)

            1. jcwla Aug 18, 2006 03:56 PM

              Irori is not in the same league with Kiriko either in terms of quality of food or overall experience.

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                Jwsel Aug 18, 2006 04:43 PM

                I took my brother to Kiriko for his birthday last night and had the sushi omakase (plus a few added items). Nothing was pre-cut and it was all excellent.

                We had the following nigiri: bluefin tuna; toro; yellowtail; red snapper with sea salt and yuzu; albacore; wild sockeye salmon; house smoked salmon; scallop; amberjack; seared toro; freshwater eel and tamago. We also shared a blue crab roll and spicy tuna roll. While everything was extremely fresh and tender, the yellowtail and salmons were particular standouts, as was the seared toro. The total price for the sushi part of our meal was $98 before tax and tip, which is not a bad price for 12 orders of nigiri (including two orders of toro) and two rolls. (I should add that Ken's regular sushi omakase would not have included the eel, tamago or the two rolls.)

                In addition, we had an order of soft shell crab, which was very lightly battered and served with a ponzu dipping sauce. It was fantastic and made my brother feel better that there was no soft-shell crab appetizer at a recent dinner at Saddlepeak Lodge.

                Add two of Ken’s homemade ice creams (honey vanilla with berries for brother, chai tea for me), a large sake, and one iced tea for a total bill, after tax, that came to $142. It was an expensive dinner, but I suspect less expensive than a similar meal at a lot of other top sushi restaurants.

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